The Japanese government will continue active negotiations with Russia aimed at resolving the territorial issue and concluding a peace treaty. This statement was made at a regular press conference by Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi. His words are reported by TASS.
The head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry also stressed that he considers “the strengthening of Russia’s military presence near the four northern islands” unacceptable, and also condemned Russia’s firing near the southern Kuril Islands. Hayashi added that Japan is closely following Russia’s actions.
In December, Japan protested to Russia over the December 16 firing practice near Kunashir Island, stating that this was contrary to the Japanese position.
The dispute over the territorial ownership of the four southern Kuril Islands has not ceased between Moscow and Tokyo since the Second World War. Japan disputes their belonging to the Russian Federation, referring to the bilateral Treatise on Trade and Borders of 1855. In Russia, they believe that the Kuril Islands became part of the USSR after the war and sovereignty over them is beyond doubt.